My Search: a New Display for a Mac Pro, Part I

2:20 PM, Dec. 16th, 2014 · · John Martellaro’s Blog

Searching for a new Mac Pro display

John Martellaro has been hunting for a new display for his 2013 Mac Pro. The Apple Thunderbolt display would normally be a strong candidate, but it was quickly eliminated from the competition. In this Part I, John explains the research he did in preparation for a new display.

How I Saved my iPad mini with Cracked Display From the Trash

4:45 PM, Nov. 10th, 2014 · · John Martellaro’s Blog

John Martellaro and his wife share an original iPad mini. Recently, it fell off a small stand and did a 20 cm. face plant onto the kitchen table. Even though there was a thick table cloth, the display cracked, and cracked ugly.  John Martellaro explains what his options were and how he saved the mini from an untimely demise.

Apple Publishes iOS Security Guide with Apple Pay Details

3:15 PM, Oct. 13th, 2014 · · John Martellaro’s Blog

Apple has published a 48 page PDF entitled "iOS Security," dated October 2014. Not only does it have a broad overview of iOS security in general, but it was also recently updated to include details of the Apple Pay technology and transaction security.

iPhone vs. Tricorder: Seeing the Future with Blurred Vision

4:15 PM, Aug. 12th, 2014 · · John Martellaro’s Blog

The future: iPhone vs. Tricorder:

It's interesting to see how the blinders of the present affect our predictions of the future. The Star Trek Tricorder vs. the modern Apple iPhone is a case in point. John Martellaro looks at the technologies that SciFi from the 20th century never saw coming.

The Most Enduring (and Endearing) Features of OS X Throughout the Years. Part II

3:15 PM, Aug. 5th, 2014 · · John Martellaro’s Blog

Every new release of OS X brings a full complement of new features. As John Martellaro was looking at the new features of Yosemite last week, he started thinking about what items in the past have been significant and were brought into daily use — and which ones ended up just being gimmicks. This is part II: Lion to Yosemite.

John Martellaro’s Predictions for Apple’s WWDC 2014 Keynote

4:00 PM, May. 30th, 2014 · · John Martellaro’s Blog

Apple has announced that the Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) Keynote will be live streamed on June 2. Considering that Apple's hardware announcements of late have been sparse and there's a huge AAPL stock split coming right after, John Martellaro thinks something big is brewing.

7 Apple Initiatives that Will Kill the Competition

3:55 PM, May. 6th, 2014 · · John Martellaro’s Blog

Apple is systematically putting many initiatives together in a strategic way. Looked at in isolation, each is nothing for competitors to worry about because it just looks like another puzzle piece.  Taken as a whole, the effects will be lethal for the competition.

A First Reaction to Firefox 29’s Visual Makeover - With Video

3:40 PM, Apr. 29th, 2014 · · John Martellaro’s Blog

Firefox 29 first reaction

Mozilla has released Firefox 29 with a new, easy-on-the-eyes, more usable user interface. A new customization mode, easy access menu, sleeker tabs, and a consistent look across platforms have been introduced. John Martellaro, a long time advocate of Firefox, describes his first reactions.